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Contest Aims to Engage Students to Broaden Understanding of Biotechnical Advancements and Build Problem-Solving, Technical and Communication Skills

ELK GROVE, Calif. – May 22, 2019 – Students from Elk Grove, Franklin and Sheldon high schools collectively received 29 awards in the 2019 Teen Biotech Challenge using website design. With biotechnology transforming daily lives in agriculture, medicine, biofuels and bioremediation, products developed using advanced biological techniques span a wide range of commercial and humanitarian applications. The Teen Biotech Challenge aims to promote awareness and understanding of the many ways biotechnology positively impacts society and motivates participating students to gain skills in research and creative web design while achieving recognition from peers, educators and members of the biotech community.

 

The challenge is open to students from the Bay Area and Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties that are in grades 9-12 who are tasked to choose a biotech topic within one of seven designated focus areas: Agricultural Biotechnology; Computational & Systems Biology; Drug Discovery & Biomanufacturing; Environmental Biotechnology; Molecular Tools; and Regenerative Medicine & Biomedical Engineering. Using their own research, students developed web pages that illustrated the chosen technology’s impact on society. Then, students developed an educational website that was judged for adherence to contest directions, quality of information, web design and overall presentation.

 

Student winners were recognized at the 2019 Teen Biotech Challenge Awards Symposium in Giedt Hall at the University of California, Davis on May 17, 2019. During the evening’s program, first place students delivered brief oral remarks on their biotech topic and experiences building their websites.

Agricultural Biotechnology

Student Name(s)

High School – Sponsor Teacher

Website Name

URL

First Place

Marissa Joe, Elena Ochoa, Tony Vallescas

Elk Grove HS – White

Cellular Agriculture: Meat the Future

https://mjeobiochallenge.wixsite.com/meathefuture

Third Place

Nam Doan

Sheldon HS – Fendall

Modification of Crops to Save The World

https://namtdoan98.wixsite.com/modificationofcrops

Honorable Mention

Hartej Dhillon

Sheldon HS – Brennan

Genetically Engineered Crops

https://hartejd0.wixsite.com/hartej-gmo

Honorable Mention

Belle Botelho

Sheldon HS – Ziegenhirt

The Food Evolution

https://bellebotelho16.wixsite.com/best

         

Computational Biology & Genomics

Student Name(s)

High School – Sponsor Teacher

Website Name

URL

Third Place (TIE)

Jamie Nguyen

Sheldon HS – Brennan

Epigenetics: The Influence of Gene Expression

https://jamienguyen8.wixsite.com/epigenetics

Third Place (TIE)

Sarah Wolff

Sheldon HS – Fendall

Pharmacogenomics: Using DNA to Save Lives

https://sheldon202008.wixsite.com/mysite-8

Honorable Mention

Kimberly Chavez Gonzalez

Sheldon HS – Cecil

Cloning In Biotechnology: The Future Impact on Human Life

https://kimberlyychavezzz0.wixsite.com/mysite

Honorable Mention

Cathy Chavez

Sheldon HS – Kosney

The Human Microbiome: The Invisible Network

https://catherinejc3.wixsite.com/the-human-microbiome

Honorable Mention

Vy Pham

Sheldon HS – Ziegenhirt

Epigenetics: Alzheimer’s Disease Applications

https://vypham01.wixsite.com/epigeneticalz

         

Drug Discovery & Biomanufacturing

Student Name(s)

High School – Sponsor Teacher

Website Name

URL

First Place

Jayla Taylor

Sheldon – Ziegenhirt

HIV and AIDS: Discovering the Unknown

https://jaylataylor03.wixsite.com/mysite

Second Place

Avery Kruse

Sheldon HS – Kosney

Superbugs: Stopping the Drug-resistance Epidemic

https://averykruse269.wixsite.com/sprbugs

Third Place (Tie)

Audrey Sam

Sheldon HS – Kosney

Biopharming

https://audreysam03.wixsite.com/biopharming

Third Place (Tie)

Bao Khuyen Nguyen

Sheldon HS – Cecil

Conflict with the Resistance: The Antimicrobial Resistance

https://knguyen8252.wixsite.com/antimicrobial

Honorable Mention

Andi Lui, Shay Nair Sharma

Franklin – Dagler

Precise Medicine of Tomorrow: Immunotherapy

https://shaybertooth.wixsite.com/immunotherapy

Honorable Mention

Julia Nguyen

Sheldon HS – Brennan

Virotherapy

https://juliaannguyenn.wixsite.com/virotherapy

Honorable Mention

David Nam

Sheldon HS – Cecil

Orphan Drugs

https://dtmnam.wixsite.com/orphandrugs

Honorable Mention

Martha Rangel

Sheldon HS – Fendall

Cancer Immunotherapy

https://martharangg.wixsite.com/mysite

         

Environmental Biotechnology

Student Name(s)

High School – Sponsor Teacher

Website Name

URL

First Place

Kaley Xiong

Sheldon HS – Kosney

A Biofriendly World

https://kkaleyxiong.wixsite.com/mysite

Second Place

Victoria Derebenskiy

Sheldon HS – Cecil

The New Beginning Bioplastic

https://vderebenskiy.wixsite.com/mysite

Third Place (TIE)

Tuan Dinh

Sheldon HS – Brennan

Bioplastics

https://jrtuan93.wixsite.com/dinh-tuan-tbc-ws

Third Place (TIE)

Breeann Tran

Sheldon HS – Fendall

Bioremediation

https://breeanntran.wixsite.com/bioremediation

Honorable Mention

Kidest Zekarias

Sheldon HS – Ziegenhirt

Biotechnology in Fashion

https://kidestzekarias.wixsite.com/biotechinfashion

         

Molecular Tools

Student Name(s)

High School – Sponsor Teacher

Website Name

URL

First Place

Amy Nguyen

Sheldon HS – Brennan

Gene Editing: The Future of Biology

www.geneswap.wixsite.com/gene-edit

Second Place

Naomi Ferrer

Sheldon HS – Kosney

CRISPR: Strengthening Our Future

https://naomijannae.wixsite.com/mysite

Third Place (TIE)

Katie Yang

Sheldon HS – Fendall

Microbubbles: The Illuminated Future

https://katiey0718.wixsite.com/microbubbles

Honorable Mention

Brandon Pham

Sheldon HS – Cecil

CRISPR: The Scalpel for Geneticists

https://thetaneggroll.wixsite.com/mysite

         

Regenerative Medicine & Biomedical Engineering

Student Name(s)

High School – Sponsor Teacher

Website Name

URL

Honorable Mention

Abigail Paras

Sheldon HS – Brennan

Rebuilding the Human Body

https://acparas000.wixsite.

Honorable Mention

Allison Fox

Sheldon HS – Cecil

Regenerating Organs Using Stem Cells

https://foxallison03.wixsite.com/mysite

Honorable Mention

Manvir Dhillon

Sheldon HS – Fendall

Synthetic Organs

https://dhillonmanvir13.wixsite.com/mysite

About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.

 

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